Adelaide has started its 2021 campaign with a win, cruising to a 20-point victory over Greater Western Sydney in a trial match at Norwood Oval on Sunday.
The margin could have been far greater if not for the Crows’ inaccuracy in front of goal, finishing the game 2.21 (33) to 2.1 (13).
The game started positively for the home side, with usual defender Sarah Allan kicking Adelaide’s first major from the goal square while trialling up forward.
Despite having 25 inside-50s to nine at halftime, the Crows didn’t kick another goal until the beginning of the third quarter, with Ashleigh Woodland booting her first goal for the Club.
The Giants had a lot more of the play in the final quarter, but Adelaide held on for the win.
Pleasingly, both Chelsea Randall and Hannah Button successfully got through their first games back from long injury layoffs and both took some strong marks throughout the game.
Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke said was pleased with the outcome but acknowledged there would be a “renewed focus” on goalkicking at training this week.
“It was a really good hit out, we knew playing GWS it would be really strong contest game and that certainly was the case,” Clarke said.
“We played pretty well even though we didn’t finish our work particularly well, but we had a lot of players coming back that hadn’t played for a while and for the first hit out I thought there was some pretty good cohesion with the group and physically we got through it pretty well.
“We’re very happy, that was a nice stepping-stone into the season proper.”
The Crows are set to announce their leadership group on Monday ahead of their season opener on Saturday, January 30 against Melbourne.